Month: July 2016

Utopia 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D!

Trailer for a short film by Annie Berman.

“…its a twenty-minute expedition through a largely abandoned virtual 3D world known as Second Life in search of utopia. It is an absurd idea, as the title suggests. There is no such thing as post-neo-futurist-capitalism just as there is no such thing as utopia…this film is not even in 3D, but rather depicts a 3D rendered world in 2D.” [1]


I have created a Bibliography for my research paper reading via RefME.


Looking at it again there is far too much to read in the short time available, so will have to whittle it down, a few of these books I have, others will be accessed through the online library hopefully.

  • Baudrillard, J (1994) Simulacra and simulation. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
  • Baxandall, M (1995) Shadows and enlightenment. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Bennett, J (2010) Vibrant matter: A political ecology of things. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Bryant, L.R. (2011) The democracy of objects. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press.
  • Campbell, J. (2012) The hero with a thousand faces. 3rd edn. United States: New World Library.
  • Crowther, P. (2010) Phenomenology of the visual arts (even the frame). United States: Stanford University Press.
  • Cubitt, S. (2014) The practice of light: A genealogy of visual technologies from prints to pixels. United States: MIT Press.
  • Gombrich, E.H. (2014) Shadows: The depiction of cast shadows in western art. United States: Yale University Press.
  • Harman, G. (1999) ‘Tool-being: Elements in a theory of objects’ pp. 1–306.
  • Heidegger, M (2010) Being and time. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Johnson, R.A. (1993) Owning your own shadow: Understanding the dark side of the psyche. San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Jung, C.G.G. (1968) Man and his symbols. United States: Turtleback Books.
  • Jung, C.G.G. (2013) The undiscovered self. London: Routledge.
  • Jung, C.G.G.(1995) Memories, dreams, reflections. 4th edn. London: Fontana Press.
  • Lechte, J. (1994) Fifty key contemporary thinkers: From structuralism to postmodernity. New York: Routledge.
  • Merleau-Ponty (2013) Phenomenology of perception (classics series). London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Morton, T. (2013) Realist magic: Objects, ontology, causality. Ann Arbor, MI: Open Humanities Press.
  • Murdoch, I. (2001) The sovereignty of good. New York: Routledge.
  • Russell, B. (2013) The conquest of happiness. United States: Liveright Publishing.
  • Sartre, J.-P.(2003) Being and nothingness: An essay on phenomenological ontology. London: Routledge.
  • Tausig, (1993) Mimesis and Alterity: A particular history of the senses. Malden, MA: Taylor & Francis.

Note to Self:

  • Find some other suitable repository or app where I can dump quotes in as I go along, maybe Evernote?


Canadian Jon Rafman is best known for ‘The Nine Eyes of Google street View’. These x2 videos are from his piece ‘Glass Troll Cave’.

Still Life (Betamale)

“He stresses the distancing effect of digital technology and the new media. In his installations, photographs and videos he brings a melancholy, rueful eye to our social interactions and virtual communities, and the disconcerting realities they give rise to”. [1]


“Glass Troll Cave is an installation in the form of a viewing booth with room for only one visitor – or a hardcore gamer. The films that are shown in it, Erysichthon, Mainsqueeze and Still Life (Betamale), make up a trilogy that shows the hold of technology on contemporary consciousness”. [2]

OOO (Tutorial v4.0)

Tutor: Gareth Polmeer

I had an interesting tutorial today with Gareth Polmeer regarding the research paper I am writing. Whilst investigating reading Phenomenology and Speculative Realism I came across ‘Object-Oriented Ontology’ or OOO for short, I didn’t realise it was a ‘thing’ (excuse the pun) for years.


“…Ask yourself: what does your toaster want? How about your dog? Or the bacteria in your gut? What about the pixels on the screen you’re reading off now, how is their day going?” [1]

Theres a correlation to IoT (Internet of things) but with OOO any ‘thing’ is an object, whether living, nonliving, artificial, or conceptual-an everything.


“…over the past ten years, people in all manner of disciplines have turned to things: to matter, stuff, obdurate objects. Often loosely grouped under the rubric ‘new materialisms’ – Andrew Cole [2]

The crucial point here is that, in contrast to the dominant strains of 20th-century phenomenology that claim things are only real insofar as they are sensible to a human subject, OOO asserts a radical and imaginative realism that not only claims that things do exist beyond the purview of human conception, but that this existence is almost entirely inaccessible to our understanding.

Note to Self:

Aspera in Bestia

I nipped over to London last Monday to put up my Interim video piece ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem’ at Wilson Road, Camberwell.

Slouching towards Bethlehem

“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”



The piece is a continuation of my exploration into 3D orbits, spherical environments + investigation into unfurled textures and the essence of objects.


The ‘Beastie’ as object is dictated to by an authoritarian computer voice.

The looped piece of electronic music is taken from a track called ‘Time’ from the album ‘Ghettoville’ by my favourite ‘Afro-futurist’ musician Actress.

“Oh, you are such an ugly beastie..”

the ‘Beastie’ unfurls the textures that constitute the 3D object, revealing the essence of the virtual object and in turn itself. Still there in its spherical world, going round and round and round, ad infinitum…